Last month, a young Maryland girl died after she was shot while riding in a car with several other people. While the girl was initially taken to the hospital for treatment, she could not overcome her wounds and passed away about two weeks later.
Accusations and charges of sex crimes can be life-altering for those accused of them. It is important to keep in mind that regardless of the crime the accused individual has been charged with, they have the right to all of the criminal defense protections available to them through the criminal justice system and the protections included in the Constitution.
Many of our readers likely remember seeing news reports about a gruesome incident back on October 18 of last year where a man entered his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland, and shot five people, killing three of them. Now, a recent report indicates that a suspect has been arrested for the crime. According to the recent report, a 38-year-old man is the suspect in the shooting spree. He has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
There are many different types of crimes that carry a stigma for defendants: rape, homicide, robbery and other violent crimes, for example. When defendants are convicted of these types of crimes, the conviction will be on their "record" for everyone to see, and the results can be difficult to overcome, even after the defendant serves a prison sentence to "pay" for the crime. Defendants who are facing accusations of having committed violent crimes in Maryland need to have a plan for their defense strategy.
When Maryland residents are facing violent crime charges, they know the matter is serious. Violent crime charges, such as rape, aggravated assault, robbery and murder, are some of the most severe charges that anyone can face. The consequences upon conviction - if it comes to that - can be many years lost in state or federal prison.
When Maryland residents are facing homicide charges, they might feel like they have no options. After all, many people think that there is most likely a mountain of evidence against people who are charged with homicide because the prosecution wouldn't pursue the case if it wasn't sure a conviction would result. However, every criminal defendant has legal options.
There is no question that of all the crimes a person can be charged with in Maryland, rape is one of the most serious. When Maryland residents face these charges not only are they going to face determined and meticulous efforts on the part of the prosecution, but they will also likely be dealing with a significant, negative public perception, as sex-based crimes are among the worst that society has categorized.
Juveniles may face the same sentences, including life imprisonment, as adults for serious crimes such as homicide. Some courts have questioned these punishments.
Criminal charges can have major penalties for defendants in Maryland. For example, many offenses carry mandatory sentences upon conviction. The negative consequences can be further compounded when the accused are immigrants. State prosecutors earlier this month dropped rape charges against two immigrant teenagers in a case that received attention from the White House and international community.
As mentioned previously, first-degree murder charges in Maryland have various elements that need to be fulfilled in order to be proven. Even though the death penalty was abolished in Maryland, the punishment imposed for a conviction in this violent crime is the most severe that can be imposed and therefore it needs to be treated seriously.